Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage sets national standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. At Glebe House School and Nursery we care for, nurture and safeguard each child individually throughout this period in their lives, which is vitally important for their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development, so that we are able to give each child the best possible preparation for their future success.
The EYFS encompasses both our nursery and reception class, and staff work closely together between all year groups to ensure continuity of care and education throughout this stage of development. But above all we aim to work together with parents and carers to ensure that all children feel valued, safe, secure and happy. Happy children thrive and learn and develop the necessary confidence to deal with life’s challenges.
During their time in nursery and reception, children learn by playing and exploring, and by being physically active both indoors and outside. Throughout the day, your child will be learning new skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding across seven areas of learning and development. Initially, children should mostly develop in three prime areas:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
As your child continues to grow and develop in these three prime areas they are then able to develop their skills in four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Our nursery nurses and teachers support children making sure activities are suited to each child’s unique needs and interests. We are flexible in our approach and recognise that some children may be ready for a little more structure and a more formal learning style in addition to learning through play.
Parents and carers play an immensely important role in their child’s development during this period, and we work closely with you throughout your child’s time at Glebe House. In nursery and reception each child is assigned a ‘key person’ who:
- is your main point of contact
- helps your child to become settled, happy, and safe
- is responsible for your child’s development and learning
- takes careful note of your child’s progress, discusses this with you, and suggests ideas as to how to help your child at home
We know that children may transfer from our nursery to other settings, not just to our own reception class, and so we liaise as closely as possible with those settings to ensure children have smooth transitions wherever they go, by providing leaving reports and ‘All About Me’ books as starting points for their new settings, so that they can get to know the children as quickly as possible to help them feel safe, secure and happy within their new surroundings.
Because EYFS is such an important stage in your child’s life, the Government provides funding to cover the cost of up to 570 hours per year for every 3 and 4 year old, and some 2 year olds, which is the equivalent of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. Some parents may also qualify for Childcare Tax Credits, or for childcare support whilst in full-time education.
If you would like to arrange a visit to see how we can help your child thrive and learn in the warm, supportive atmosphere of our nursery and reception class, or would like more information about Glebe House, EYFS funding, or about EYFS in general, please contact:
'The overall effectiveness of the early years provision is outstanding'
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